As a district, we have been diligently working on our plan to return to school this fall and what that looks like for Magnolia ISD. Our plans include working with various government agencies who provide guidelines and regulations for the operation of public school districts. Based on the survey we sent out earlier this summer, we understand that the majority of our parents want their children to return to school. This is our vision as well.
As I stated in my letter to parents on July 21, the Montgomery County Public Health Authority and Montgomery County Hospital District (MCPHD) asked county school superintendents to delay the start of in-person or on-campus instruction until after Labor Day because of the pandemic and capacity issues at our local healthcare facilities. Based on this advice, I made the decision to postpone on-campus learning until after Labor Day.
Part of the guidance issued from MCPHD encourages our county school districts to bring small student groups to the campus which allows us to practice our safety protocols while also trying to connect our teachers with our students. While we understand this is not a perfect situation, bringing groups to campuses gives our teachers and staff an opportunity to meet with your child and provide some in-person assistance with online learning happening through September 4. This is a good way for us to prepare our campus to safely welcome back all of our students who choose to return to on-campus learning on September 8.
We know there are questions surrounding the first day of school so we have developed a Back to School timeline which outlines our plans for the next five weeks. All students will begin online learning on Wednesday, August 12 and all students will continue online learning until September 4. We have also developed a plan to bring students to their campuses starting Monday, August 17, as part of Small Group Support Days.
The Small Group Support Days are not required for students to attend but we want to do what we can to give students an opportunity to see their teachers, interact with their classmates and experience being in school as we begin this year. We have worked with our transportation and child nutrition departments to provide buses to and from school, and school meals will be offered as normal. We will run this schedule through Friday, September 4.
Campuses will be working on providing you with campus specific information in regards to Chromebook check outs and additional details about what to expect on the first day of school. All information will be updated and available on our website. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work together to start this school year with the goal of getting our students back on campus full time.
Dr. Todd Stephens
You can visit the Online Learning website here.